The Definitive Collection

The Definitive Collection

by J.J. CaleJ.J. Cale


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J.J. Cale's The Definitive Collection is an excellent single-disc collection from one of the most influential singer/songwriters to emerge from America during the '70s. Just as Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark define Texas songwriting, Cale is the epitome of the Oklahoma writers. Although most people know him as the writer of Eric Clapton's hit "Cocaine," Cale constantly offered up other quality material that could only be defined by his vocal style, which can accurately be described as "reclining in the groove." Popular tunes such as "Call Me the Breeze," "Hey Baby" and "Crazy Mama" have a deceptively laid-back intensity that to a large degree influenced such rockers as Lowell George of Little Feat and the previously mentioned Clapton. Cale's guitar work proved to be influential as well (again on Clapton), but also popular swamp rockers such as Delaney Bramlett. The Definitive Collection offers a comprehensive collection from Cale's early-'70s recordings in Nashville, to Muscle Shoals in Alabama, to his later work on Hollywood. If you're going to explore Cale's groove, this is the place to start.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/09/1998
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0731453475427
catalogNumber: 534754
Rank: 21841

Album Credits

Performance Credits

J.J. Cale   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Buddy Emmons   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Steel Guitar
Josh Graves   Dobro
Hoyt Axton   Background Vocals
Dianne Davidson   Background Vocals
Leon Russell   Electric Piano
Richard Thompson   Electric Guitar
James Burton   Electric Guitar
Mac Gayden   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Slide Guitar
Steve Gibson   Electric Guitar
Lloyd Green   Guitar,Steel Guitar
Jim Keltner   Organ,Percussion,Drums
Grady Martin   Electric Guitar
Kossie Gardner   Organ
Sid Page   Violin
Larry Taylor   Bass,Acoustic Bass
J.I. Allison   Percussion
Doug Atwell   Violin
Hal Blaine   Drums
Barry Beckett   Piano,Electric Piano
Larry Bell   Electric Piano
Hayword Bishop   Drums
Bill Boatman   Fiddle,Drums,Rhythm Guitar
George Bohannon   Trombone
Harold Bradley   Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Chuck Browning   Drums,Electric Guitar
Kenny Buttrey   Drums
Jimmy Capps   Rhythm Guitar
Marvin Chantry   Violin
Roy Christensen   Violin
Johnny Christopher   Rhythm Guitar
Vassar Clements   Fiddle
Tommy Cogbill   Bass,Electric Guitar
Ed Colis   Harmonica
Billy Cox   Bass
James Cruce   Drums
Glen D. Hardin   Piano
Marilyn Davis   Background Vocals
Tim Drummond   Bass
Charles Dungey   Bass
Bobby Emmons   Piano
Gary Gilmore   Bass
Emory Gordy   Bass
Carl Gorodetzky   Violin
Robert Greenidge   Drums,Steel Drums
Buddy Harmon   Drums
Roger Hawkins   Drums
Walter Haynes   Dobro,Piano
Karl Himmel   Percussion,Drums
David Hood   Bass
Garth Hudson   Accordion
Bill Humble   Trombone
Jimmy Johnson   Rhythm Guitar
Jim Karstein   Percussion,Conga,Drums
Carol Kaye   Bass
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Sheldon Kurland   Violin
Christine Lakeland   Organ,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Shorty Lavender   Fiddle
Mike Lawler   Synthesizer,Synchrofonte
Mike Leech   Bass
Steve Madaio   Trumpet
Kenny Malone   Drums
Terry McMillan   Harmonica
Jay Mitthauer   Drums
Farrell Morris   Percussion,Conga,Drums,Vibes
Weldon Myrick   Guitar,Steel Guitar
James Nichols   Conga
Norman Ray   Saxophone
Spooner Oldham   Organ
Gary S. "Flip" Paxton   Background Vocals
Bill Payne   Piano
Gordon Payne   Electric Guitar
Terry Perkins   Drums
Bob Phillips   Trumpet
Sherry Porter   Background Vocals
Don Preston   Electric Guitar
Billy Puett   Saxophone
Norbert Putnam   Bass
Carl Radle   Bass
Bill Raffenspeger   Bass
Nick Rather   Bass
Bob Ray   Bass
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Steve Ripley   Rhythm Guitar
Don Sheffield   Trumpet
Denis Solee   Saxophone
George Soulé   Drums
Buddy Spiker   Fiddle
Nancy Stein   Cello
Robert Tarrant   Conga
Tommy Tedesco   Rhythm Guitar
George Tidwell   Trumpet
Jerry Whitehurst   Piano
Bob Wilson   Piano
Bobby Woods   Piano
Reggie Young   Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Joe Zinkan   Bass,Acoustic Bass
John Galley   Piano
Bill Kenner   Mandolin
Charlie McCoy   Harmonica
Bob Moore   Bass
Jerry Lee Smith   Piano
Steve Martin   Electric Guitar
Bill Purcell   Piano
Gordon Shryock   Electric Guitar
Beegie Cruzer   Electric Piano
Marcy Dicterow-Vaj   Viola
Leslie Taylor   Background Vocals
Bob Woods   Piano
George Bohanon   Trombone
David Briggs   Organ,Piano
Paul Davis   Rhythm Guitar
Bob Wilson & His Orchestra   Piano
Terry Williams   Trombone

Technical Credits

Bob Holmes   Horn Arrangements
J.J. Cale   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Audie Ashworth   Producer,Engineer
Capps   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Chip Young   Engineer
Hugh Davies   Engineer
Gene Eichelberger   Engineer
Chad Hailey   Engineer
Stan Hutto   Engineer
Ladd   Engineer
Christine Lakeland   Engineer
Ronnie Light   Engineer
Jerry Masters   Engineer
Joe Mills   Engineer
Cam Mullins   String Arrangements
Bret Newman   Engineer
Charles Paakkari   Engineer
Ron Reynolds   Engineer
Steve Ripley   Engineer
Duane Seykora   Engineer
Jimmy Tarbutton   Engineer
George Tidwell   Horn Arrangements
Jim Williamson   Engineer
Rail Jon Rogut   Engineer
David "Bat" Johnson   Engineer
Matthieu Lauriot-Prevost   Executive Producer
Rick Horton   Engineer
Hugh Davies   Engineer
Paul McManus   Engineer
Charlie Paakari   Engineer
Paul Rayner-Brown   Engineer

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